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Ideal start

Posted on 26 October 2008  - 12:00

The lads made an instant impression on Harry Redknapp as the new manager's arrival helped inspire us to a vital first league win of the season against Bolton on Sunday.

Ideal start

The lads made an instant impression on Harry Redknapp as the new manager's arrival helped inspire us to a vital first league win of the season against Bolton on Sunday.

Development coach Clive Allen selected the team and was joined by Harry on the touchline as we tried to kick-start our campaign in the Barclays Premier League.

It took only 17 minutes for things to finally take a turn in the right direction as we went ahead in a league match for the first time this season.

David Bentley, who produced a series of fine crosses from the right, whipped in the perfect ball for Roman Pavlyuchenko to power a header up off the wet surface and into the far corner.

There were some nervy moments in the first half - Ledley King had to clear off the line - but Gavin McCann's second yellow card and subsequent sending off helped us take further control in the second half and it was all over when Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen fouled Darren Bent in the box and the striker picked himself up to drill home the spot kick with 15 minutes left. It ended 2-0.

"I was sitting there after about 20 minutes, the lads were zipping the ball around, Bolton couldn't get near the ball and I was thinking 'how can this team be bottom of the league?'" said Harry.

"When I took over at Portsmouth, in the first game we played, I thought 'how am I going to get this lot out of it?' because we were so poor.

"But this team is full of quality. Ledley King, when he's fit, what a player. Corluka plays for Croatia, Modric can play and the ball from Bentley for the first goal was world-class.

"We now have to work hard for each other and pick up points playing as we did - the lads passed the ball with real quality and I was impressed with that.

"The win gives us a bit of confidence. If we'd have lost, we then play Arsenal and Liverpool and you are thinking 'what a week'. But the win has brought a smile back to the players' faces - they've enjoyed it and they should be confident.

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